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I am currently ill and house-sitting. Over the last week, I have done little but watch Freaks and Geeks, play with dogs, and draw some comics. For most of the week, the family I get most of my human interaction from was out of town, so I became a nocturnal shut-in. Which was, you know, fun, I guess, but kind of left me lonely. I mean, these three kings dogs are great and everything, but they are kind of difficult to carry on a conversation with.

Being nocturnal and car-less works a lot less well when my nocturnal cousin with a car isn't available.

I HAVE NO RESOLUTIONS FOR 2010 BECAUSE I AM ALREADY TOTALLY AWESOME okay that's not true, I plan to get more work done and do my history paper early in case of last-minute trips out-of-state/across-the-state, and not slack off in all my classes. Additionally, I'm going to try to save some of my money, so I can afford to live in an apartment in the fall instead of in the dorms. I like living on campus and everything, but there is this dog, you see, and some cats, and basically I'm losing my mind not living with animals. I guess I might try to drink less soda.

Anyway, that family is back now and we went out to dinner and I was referred to as "the third daughter." I am, in fact, a niece/cousin. But given that I spend so much time with them, I guess it's understandable.

For Christmas I got: books, socks, a blanket, and a colander. MY LIFE IS SO EXCITING.
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I would like to take this opportunity to point out something which really should be obvious but seems to be something a lot of people are missing currently.

Censorship is bad. Always. There is never a time when censorship is okay.

Now, before anyone even starts, I'm not including things like limiting the type of books your kids can read, or anything like that. Limits are good. I mean, sure, I'd get mad if my mom tried to tell me, "No, you can't read that book," but that is completely different from telling everyone, "No, you can't read that book." Especially when that is followed by, "In fact, that book shouldn't even exist and we're going to try to eradicate it."

I mean, censorship. Banning websites from the public the way they do in China, or banning books like they do--well, almost everywhere. The sort of crazy things that go on in 1984 or Stalinist Russia. It's bad. It's not just bad, it's wrong. It's telling someone and anyone who listens to that someone that their way of thinking is incorrect, or even wrong or immoral.

It's wrong. It always has been and it always will be, and the fact that many--or even most--people have forgotten that is a sad thing indeed. Just because something is disturbing or against your beliefs or just plain wrong does not mean it shouldn't be out there. In fact, that's all the more reason for it to be out there. When you know something exists, it's a lot easier to avoid it or be against it than when you don't know anything about it at all. The sheltered kids who don't know anything about sex except what they hear from their friends because their parents refuse to talk about it are far more at risk for VDs or pregnancy just because they don't know what they're up against.

Just because you personally don't like something or think it shouldn't exist is not an excuse to pretend like it isn't there. Minors have sex. People do drugs. People kill each other. Ugly things happen. Throwing a sheet over the world's eyes isn't going to mean it isn't there.

I'd thought that most people outgrew that whole "I don't see it, it doesn't exist, you can't see me, I can't see you" thing sometime around age eight. I guess I was wrong.

p.s. I apologize for the long un-cut post, but it needs to be said, and I do not see nearly enough people saying it.

Censorship is wrong.


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